National League Championship capsules

Jon Jay has made Cardinals fans forget about Colby Rasmus. (REUTERS)

Jon Jay has made Cardinals fans forget about Colby Rasmus. (REUTERS)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:47 AM ET

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Team payroll

$110.3 million (9th) 

How they got here

Record: 88-74

Beat Atlanta in the wild-card game.

Beat Washington in five games in NLDS

Octobers

11 World Series, 18 pennants, 22 playoff appearances.  

Post-season record

115-97 

Manager

Mike Matheny.  

Theme

“Repeating is easy without Tony.”   

Starting

If every month were October, Chris Carpenter might be undefeated. Kyle Lohse may face Matt Cain in Game 3 and a possible Game 7. They also have Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn or Shelby Miller will replace injured Jaime Garcia.  

Bullpen

Jason Motte saved 42 of 49 (86%) during the season. They’ll turn to Mitchell Boggs, Fernando Salas, Marc Rzepczynski and Victor Marte to bridge the gap from starter to closer.

In the box

When the leaves turn, batting averages dip as rotations shorten. Someone forgot to tell the Cards who scored 38 runs in their first six playoff games, including the win over Atlanta. 

Fielding

CF Jon Jay has made Cards fans forget Colby Rasmus. They have the best catcher in the game in Yadier Molina, allowing only 45 unearned runs during the regular season, matching the A’s for fewest among playoff teams.  

Jays factor

Carpenter is back from injury — see, the Jays were right in 2002 — lefty Rzepczynski, former catcher Matheny. 

Canadian content

Bullpen catcher Jamie Pogue from Guelph.  

Canada’s team

6th of 10 post-season teams. 

odds to win World Series

15-1.

 

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

Team payroll

$117.6 Million (8th)  

Octobers

One World Series title, four pennants and nine playoff appearances. 

Post-season record

27-25.  

How they got here

Record: 94-68

Won the National League West

Beat Cincinnati in five games in the NLDS

Manager

Bruce Bochy

Theme

“We’re not leaving our hearts anywhere but on the mound after Game 7 celebrations in San Francisco.” 

Starting

Not the same rotation as 2010 even if the names have not been changed. Starters had a 5.16 ERA vs. the Reds and no one went deeper than 5.2 innings. Matt Cain may pitch Games 3 and 7, if needed. Tim Lincecum could return to the rotation replacing Barry Zito, 

Bullpen

Despite losing bearded Brian Wilson in the spring, the Giants are deep with lefties Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez, innings-eater George Kontos, and then Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo to close things out. Bruce Bochy said the reason for beating the Reds was his bullpen, which could be without Linceum if he rejoins the rotation.  

In the box

Look at the Giants lineup and outside of Buster Posey — two homers against the Reds — what name jumps out at you and you say: “Hey I wish my team had that guy?”

Fielding

RF Hunter Pence looks like Big Bird when he runs, but always seems to get there. CF Angel Pagan can do the job as well. 

Jays factor

INF Marco Scutaro.  

Canadian content

Part-owner Jeff Mallett, of Victoria, B.C., and super scout Ray Calari from Montreal.  

Canada’s team

Ranked 7th of 10 post-season teams. 

Bodog odds to win World Series

15-2.


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